Awaura Synergy - Warming and eco-powering our deep south Awaura Synergy - Warming and eco-powering our deep south

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0800 WARM SOUTH

About Awarua Synergy and our journey

Energy Tip:

Draught proofing or sealing up draught’s can reduce heat lost, check doors, windows, cat doors and unused chimneys

Did you know:

Insulation makes your home warmer, drier and healthier….and it lasts for generations

Energy Tip:

When cooking ensure other parts of the house are closed, if doors are left open the warm moist

Energy Tip:

Check hot water temperature, make sure it’s at 55 degrees at the tap (60 degrees at the Hot Water Cylinder)

Energy Tip:

Don’t add unnecessary moisture

Energy Tip:

Close of unused rooms so that you are not wasting energy heating them

Energy Tip:

Make sure insulation is installed correctly as the performance can drop.

Energy Tip:

Choose the right sized externally vented extractor fan for the job, a fan to small wont remove moist air and a fan too large can create draughts, ensure you have automatic controls, such as a timer which runs for 20 minutes after it is turned off.

Did you know:

Every $1 spent on insulation equates to a $4 return on investment

Energy Tip:

Use kitchen extractors when cooking or use pot lids, extractors for bathroom must run 20 minutes after your shower to remove moisture

Energy Tip:

Run heat pump in “Heat” mode not in Auto, if you going out switch off, clean filters regular, get professional to do internal clean every 2 years.

Energy Tip:

Open windows on opposite side of house to create cross ventilation

Energy Tip:

On average heating is the largest energy use in the home, in colder parts of NZ can account for 40% or more, so ensure you have the correct heating source and size

Energy Tip:

Ensure oven, fridge and freezer seals are tight and don’t have any air gaps, to test them place a piece of paper in the appliance door and close, if the paper falls out consider replacing seals to stop the energy leaks.

Energy Tip:

Net curtains prevent free solar gain from the sun to heat your home, only use if necessary

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Insulation reduces heat loss, did you know indoor temperatures below 16 degrees affects respiratory function in vulnerable people and temperatures below 12 degrees affect heart function

Energy Tip:

If your shower fills a 10 litre bucket in less than a minute, fit a shower flow restrictor to cut hot water costs significantly.

Energy Tip:

If you’re going away on holiday, turn off you hot water cylinder and any standby appliances, even if its just for a short time, it will save energy and money.

Did you know:

Insulating a home is an investment for future generations who live in the house

Did you know:

Un-flued gas heaters create 1 litre of moisture per hour

Energy Tip:

Opening windows for 20 minutes per day to ventilate will help get rid of trapped moisture and stale air, making your home easier to heat

Energy Tip:

Consider window security stays so the house can be ventilated when not at home

Did you know:

At 3% inflation, household energy bills are set to double again in the next 20 years

Did you know:

The current average rate of increase in electricity prices is 8.5%

Energy Tip:

Place beds on internal walls away from windows, especially new born babies, young children or anyone with respiratory conditions.

Did you know:

Cold damp homes mean more Asthma

Energy Tip:

Wrapping how water cylinders and lagging pipes can help reduce electricity costs of heating hot water

Did you know:

Damp air is harder to heat

Did you know:

Damp air causes respiratory problems

Did you know:

Recommended temperature for utility or laundry rooms should be 14-16 degrees

Energy Tip:

Open curtains during the day to allow the sun to heat your home and then close them just before sunset

Energy Tip:

If you have mould growing inside your house clean it with white vinegar as this kills it and then try and ventilate daily by opening windows

Energy Tip:

Don’t dry cloth inside, each load will release 5-6 litres of water vapour, damp air is harder and more expensive to heat

Did you know:

Opening windows 20 minutes per day exchanges air making home easier to heat

Energy Tip:

A reminder to organise your firewood during summer ready for next winter, to ensure its nice and dry, ready for burning

Did you know:

Space heating is 36% of household energy use

Did you know:

Recommended temperature for living rooms should be 18-22 degrees

Did you know:

Recommended temperature for bedrooms should be 16-18 degrees

Energy Tip:

Un-flued portable gas heaters can cause a huge amount of moisture and toxic fumes in the air, leading to moisture problems resulting in mould issues

Energy Tip:

Curtains are your windows insulation. Three layers are best and make sure that they hang below the window or to the floor.

Energy Tip:

When opening curtains ensure they are pulled back or tied back as far as possible, any window not exposed to the free solar gain of the sun, decreases free heating your home can use.

Did you know:

Cold homes contribute to 1600 extra deaths in NZ per year

Did you know:

Warmer drier homes = fewer hospital admissions

Did you know:

Hot water heating is 38% of household energy use

Did you know:

NZ has one of the highest rates of asthma in the OEDC that's 1 in 4 children, costing us about $4 billion per year

Did you know:

Cleaning mould with white vinegar kills it

Did you know:

NZ homes are expensive to run, we spent approx $250m on inadequate heating

Energy Tip:

Consider efficient heating, such as heat pumps, wood burners, wetbacks

Energy Tip:

Cross ventilating by opening two windows in a room can help exchange fresh air faster, if there is fog outside wait until the fog has lifted to prevent extra moisture entering the home

Energy Tip:

Limit in door plants to prevent moisture

Did you know:

Insulation Government study (Motu report) shows 5 to 1 benefit from investment, primarily in terms of health outcomes and reduced hospital admissions

Energy Tip:

Don’t fill your kettle right up every time – just boil the amount of water you need

Did you know:

Drying clothes inside creates 5 litres of moisture per day

About

About Us

Our Deep South Story

The Deep South is a challenging place to live, with resilient, pragmatic people to match the environment. In our region, cold weather and damp can severely impact the warmth and moisture in our homes, farms and businesses, which then impacts our health and comfort – and our power bills. What works for Aucklanders won’t work for us!

And that’s where Awarua Synergy comes in.

We’ve searched the world for the best eco-power and energy solutions for the tough environment of the Deep South, sourcing products and methods that fit the specific demands of this region. But it’s not just about the innovative, market leading products we use to boost your energy efficiency – it’s also about our expertise assessing your particular needs, and designing the solutions that will provide the most benefit to your buildings.

Warming and Eco-powering our Deep South

Proudly born in Southland, Awarua Synergy has searched the world for the best energy and eco-power solutions for the Deep South. Now, we are leading suppliers and installers of cost effective, energy-efficient products for the homes, farms, and businesses of the region. We bring warmth, LED lighting and dry healthy air to the buildings in which the people of the Deep South live and work – and help give them power over their power bills!

Our Origins

Awarua Synergy was created out of the Bluff Healthy Homes project, run by Awarua Research and Development, which is a subsidiary of the Te Runaka o Awarua Charitable Trust. The project worked to ensure the people of Bluff have protection against the cold winter climate, insulating more than half the homes in New Zealand’s southernmost town, as well as providing one-on-one home education packages to help people unlock the benefits of energy efficiency, more eco-friendly heating, and sustainable living. Bluff Healthy Homes was so successful that we were encouraged to offer some of its best products, services and ideas to the great people of Southland. And that’s how Awarua Synergy was born!

Talk to the expert Awarua Synergy team today – real Deep South people with real Deep South solutions. Call 0800 WARM SOUTH.

 

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